How to Make Doughnut Holes
Decadent doughnuts in fun flavors like PB&J and mango-chile are the trendiest new dessert. Our tiny take on the breakfast sweet is easy to make and customizable, so you don't have to choose just one.
A Hole Lotta Fun!
Start with our basic recipe for Vanilla Doughnut Holes, then coat, fill and glaze them however you please!
Vanilla Doughnut Holes
Start with these light-as-air, easy-to-fry minis!
Chocolate Doughnut Holes
Just replace the four in the Vanilla Doughnut Holes with 3 1/3 cups flour mixed with 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
Roll still-warm doughnuts in one of these flavored sugars for an easy upgrade. Each recipe makes enough to coat one batch.
Whisk 1 cup sugar with 1 tsp. ground cinnamon and a pinch salt.
In a food processor, grind 1 cup sugar with 2/3 cup toasted coconut.
Rub 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. grated orange, lemon or lime zest into 1 cup sugar.
In a food processor, grind 1 cup sugar with 1/4 cup fresh mint.
Once your doughnut holes are cool, use a skewer to poke a 1/4-inch hole in the side. Spoon a filling (like jam, lemon curd or marshmallow cream) into a small resealable bag, snip off a tiny corner and squeeze to fill!
Vanilla Pastry Cream
Make your own pastry cream filling with this simple recipe that tastes just like the doughnut shop's!
Dunk the tops of cooled doughnut holes into any of the following glazes, transfer to a wire rack and let sit until the glaze sets.
In a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup confectioners' sugar and 2 tbsp. whole milk until smooth. Take this icing in even more delicious directions (fruit! coffee!) with the following tasty variations. Makes 3/4 cup.
In a pan, whisk 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 tbsp. sugar, 1/3 cup heavy cream, 2 tbsp. corn syrup and 2 tbsp. water over medium- high until boiling. Boil 1 minute. Off heat, add 3 1/2 oz. chopped bittersweet chocolate. Whisk until smooth; let cool 10 minutes. Makes 1 cup.
Thaw one bag of frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or mangoes). Transfer to a fine-mesh sieve and press the fruit into a bowl with a silicone spatula. Substitute 2 tbsp. of the strained fruit for the milk in the Classic Glaze, adding a few drops of water to thin, if necessary.
Substitute 2 tbsp. strong coffee for the milk in the Classic Glaze.
Substitute 2 tbsp. thawed frozen citrus juice concentrate (orange juice, lemonade or limeade) for the milk in the Classic Glaze, adding a few drops of water to thin, if necessary.
Peanut Butter Glaze
Substitute 1 tbsp. creamy peanut butter for 1 tbsp. of the milk in the Classic Glaze.
Before your glaze sets, dunk your doughnut holes in a snazzy topping. Here are some of our faves -- go nuts! (Or fruit, or candy...)
From top: crushed peppermints, shaved chocolate, Frosted Cheerios, chopped dried apricots, crushed Oreos, chopped walnuts, Trix cereal, chopped Kit Kats, sprinkles, shredded coconut, chopped gummy bears
All Together Now!
Mix up some creative combos with your doughnut holes, glazes, fillings and toppings. Here are a few to get you inspired -- and hungry!
Chocolate Doughnut Hole + marshmallow cream filling + Chocolate glaze + crushed graham crackers
Rise & Shine
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Coffee Glaze + crumbled bacon
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Lime Citrus Glaze + Mint Sugar + fresh mint leaf
Breakfast of Champions
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Orange Citrus Glaze + Froot Loops
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + lemon curd filling + Strawberry Fruit Glaze + lemon zest
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Classic Glaze + sprinkles
Chocolate Doughnut Hole + Chocolate Glaze with mint extract + chocolate cookie crumbs
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + grape jelly filling + Peanut Butter Glaze + chopped peanuts
All That & a Bag of Chips
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Vanilla Pastry Cream filling + Chocolate Glaze + crushed potato chips
The Jelly Roll
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + raspberry jam filling + Raspberry Fruit Glaze
Chocolate Doughnut Hole + Chocolate Glaze + shredded coconut
Vanilla Doughnut Hole + Mango Fruit Glaze + a sprinkle of cayenne